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New year, new bench coach. Welcome to life with the Red Sox over the past five seasons.
For the fourth time since 2018, the Red Sox will be starting the season with a new bench coach, with Ramon Vazquez getting the call this time.
The appointment - which was first reported by Edwin Hernandez Jr. - was confirmed by a major league source. A team announcement figures to be taking place in the coming days.
Vazquez, who served as the Red Sox' first base coach last season, replaces Will Venable, who left to become Bruce Bochy's associate manager with the Rangers.
The 46-year-old Vazquez has been with the Red Sox since 2018. Ron Roenicke was the team's bench coach for Alex Cora's first two seasons as manager, with Jerry Narron taking the role when Roenicke was moved up after Cora's suspension in 2020. Upon Cora's return, Venable was named bench coach starting in 2021.
The rest of the Red Sox coaching staff will remain intact, with Peter Fatse (hitting coach), Luis Ortiz (assistant hitting coach), Ben Rosenthal (assistant hitting coach), Carlos Febles (third base coach), Dave Bush (pitching coach), Kevin Walker (bullpen coach) and Jason Varitek (game-planning coordinator) all returning.